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twentieth century saw the human rac'e gain
X possession of forms of power so colossal that
previous generations, in their wildest dreams, had had
no inkling of such possibilities. It saw die human race
acquire forms of knowledge which made men almost
feel themselves gods, feel that the human mind was the
monarch of the universe. It saw individuals gaining
freedom in realms of activity which for thousands of
years had been thought to be governed by iron laws of
necessity. Men even imagined that they could play
Providence for themselves, control the course of history,
and mould the shape of the whole future. They thought
that with all this knowledge, this power, this freedom,
everything was open to the human willóman had only
to will a thing and he could have it. And at the very
moment when we seemed to be coming to the peak of
human history we discover the most crucial problem
of allóprecisely this problem of the human will. For